Plans to learn

The last training I went overseas (last week) was on Safety & Security.
No no.. it wasn’t IT based.
Was pretty much being brought into this S&S department as a focal person for this country.

Each country usually either has a S&S manager and a focal person or just one or two focal peeps if they are without any S&S specialist.
This focal person is usually, someone who volunteers or is asked to become one, who are from another department and would dedicate a part of their work time on S&S.
Thus, although I’m from IT, I became a S&S focal person.
We have this system in place because of the industry we are in and that we work in or with countries of high risks.

Although extremely tired during the long hours of theories and project work…
Learned so much… especially the vets from Afg and Pak… if you know the full names of these countries.
Especially the fact that I’m coming from a low risk island… it’s a really eye-opening learning experience.
We pretty much did a whole lot and series of group work on scenarios similar to real life situations.
Which is so awesome!

Now… if only my boss and whom I’d call my part-time bosses to find a little budget to send me over to the rest of this region to assimilate reality.
Except that.. I’d probably fail out from the gruesome interviews to get visas for these places. 😥
Although I do dislike the *ehem* govt *ehem* here on so many different levels of reasoning, I do have to give props and how recommendable the country does take care of its citizens in certain ways (where they should’ve placed more priority on other sectors).
Hey… I’m just being blunt honest.. but, I’m not against anyone though… I just hate the system.

Been doing quite a few courses and holding a couple of certs in security, first aid, etc now.
Going to do a couple more before I can fly again to join the international training with the global team instead of just the Asia region (last week’s).
Next time around.. I might faint of exhaustion!
It’s going to be super uber intensive… not having a clue on anything, just like last week.
Feeling like a noob in the midst of the pros.

I HAVE to count my blessings on how wonderful this Asia Region S&S team is.. just when I thought I was already blessed to work with my beloved Asia Region IT team.
Perfection in itself.
This group are filled with way more older people who are vets and experts in this field.
Most, if not all, are patient and are more than willing to teach you from scratch.


I’ve been eyeing on 2 IT certifications.
One short one which… hopefully, I’ll be able to do before the end of this year.
The other one.. probably next year.. since this and next month is a no-no.. so is September.
Then I’ll have 3 months before the end of this year to do that short certification course.
Shucks.. time flies really quickly!


Last but not least, on a personal note, I really really REALLY hope… In Sya Allah… to go Umrah next year.
Umrah is a pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Sometimes called the ‘minor pilgrimage’ or ‘lesser pilgrimage’, the Hajj being the ‘major’ pilgrimage.
So, hopefully, I’ll get to save up, go for a short course and go with my mum.
She has already gone Umrah a few times and Hajj once.
Such an experience!!!

I’m currently broke because of my wedding expenses… sigh.. next would be the house renovation expenses… sigh.
But, you know what?
If it’s meant to be… it will be… so.. I’m going to work towards my goals and pray hard!


Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims all over the world!!


❤ Icesabel



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